Wet weather washes out fash­ion sales

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

THE wettest April on record damp­ened de­mand for sum­mer fash­ion as re­tail­ers suf­fered their big­gest sales falls for more than a year, fig­ures re­vealed to­day. Like-for-like sales dropped a “dis­ap­point­ing” 3.3 per cent - the worst per­for­mance since March 2011 - driven by “sub­stan­tial” falls for clothes re­tail­ers and the worst footwear trad­ing since Jan­uary 2008, the Bri­tish Re­tail Con­sor­tium (BRC) said. The trend was made worse be­cause many shop­pers had al­ready splurged on sum­mer­wear in March’s heat­wave, while the pe­riod was up against tough com­par­a­tives with the pre­vi­ous year when hot weather and the Royal Wed­ding boosted sales of par­ty­wear and food.

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